Announcing KDS' new Professional Learning Platform.
The seamlessly integrated online tool providing curated content, social collaboration tools for teachers and continuous professional learning.
It has been developed to meet the needs of large, complex school districts that want to build and implement integrated, technology-based professional learning solutions.
PLP supports both the acquisition and the application of knowledge--both "formal" learning and the "informal" self-directed and continuous development that is needed for effective practice.
PLP is designed and developed to enable collaboration among peers, coaches, experts and groups for a collegial learning experience based on needs.
Personalized professional learning has to begin with the educator.
PLP transforms classroom practice through rich content that enables effective professional learning.
|Personalized Professional Learning Hub to serve as the access point to a PD portfolio, including on-demand content, courses, groups, and collaboration tools|
|Curated Videos of effective teaching practices, tutorials, websites, artifacts, and case studies aligned to searchable professional learning frameworks|
|Online professional learning communities to connect, share, communicate, and collaborate to improve practice using synchronous tools|
|Web-based meetings through HD video conferencing, screen sharing, and instant messaging to engage in lively group or content-related discussions|
|Over 225 compliance courses|
|Coaching tools to support, schedule, and track effective online and onsite coaching|
|Key performance indicators with drill-down capabilities to demonstrate compliance, history towards completion, content usage, and overall PD performance|
|Mobile and tablet enabled|
KDS has been operating as a private business under its current name since September, 2001. Since 2004, KDS has developed over 3,500 hours of online professional learning content and enrolled more than 50,000 teachers, administrators, and instructional leaders in rigorous, research-based courses that meet the needs of educators working in urban school districts serving diverse student populations. In March 2014, KDS secured its first institutional investment, a $6 million financing round from Edison Ventures, a leading growth equity investment firm, as part of a $9.8 million financing round.
KDS online courses are developed and taught by leading education experts whose research and methodologies make significatn impact on teacher effectiveness and student performance. KDS partners with the nation's leading education researchers and thought-leaders to devleop our online courses and content, including some of the following:
KDS has been serving educators for more than ten years with award-winning e-learning solutions, engaging with university accredited online courses and the implementation of blended models of professional development. KDS has worked with some of the largest districts in the country including: